Passover is less than a week away. To prepare for this holy season, Jews clean their homes from top to bottom, ensuring all traces of leaven bread – including the crumbs – have been washed away. Even the youngest members of the ultra-Orthodox part of Jerusalem are happy to help with the cleaning, making sure their tricycle and pedal car are ready for this special Jewish holiday.
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Every year, just before Passover, Israelis clean out the prayers tucked away in the Western Wall to prepare for the new season.
The shrine at the site believed to be Jesus' tomb has been restored and unveiled at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
This week I received a chilling email from a relative of mine who lives in America. The email was written to her adult children, also living in the U.S., and she included me as well, knowing that I made the choice many years ago to make aliyah (immigrate to Israel) with my family. The letter was written in the shadow of the growing anti-Semitism in the U.S. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 90 bomb threats to Jewish institutions across the country, and two Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized since January 1.
This Saturday is Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish holiday also known as the New Year of the Trees. Instituted in the book of Leviticus, this minor Jewish festival is a time to eat specific foods mentioned in the Bible, plant trees, and celebrate the natural world God created. How much do you know about this Jewish celebration? Take our quiz and find out!